A carefully planned and faithfully executed Field Education experience fulfills the Seminary's mission to “equip people for ministries familiar and yet to unfold and communities present and yet to be gathered.”
The scholarship and intellectual inquiry of the classroom is joined with the prayer and worship, witness, reconciliation, justice, evangelism, and service that students observe and engage in at their site.
Through relationships, tasks, projects, and events, students gain hands-on experiences of participating in God’s ongoing mission in the world. Their understanding of the community of Christ is deepened and enlarged as they work side by side and reflect theologically with supervisors, peers, and others in ministries. They are resourced practically, skillfully, formationally, and theologically for the ministries awaiting them in the complex realities of the world that God loves.
When a congregation, agency, organization, or campus hosts a Field Education experience, the community puts flesh and bones, faces and stories, on their commitment to raising up the next generation of leaders. By offering to be a site of learning, they become a part of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary community. They serve as a laboratory of sorts for ideas and practices that may still be unfolding but at the same time as a bearer of time-tested wisdom and tradition. By receiving a seminarian, whether someone known or previously unknown to their community, they have a chance to shape an individual’s journey in ministry. They also have occasion to reflect anew on their mission and their common life and work, thus finding themselves renewed and resourced as well.
The staff of the Field Education Office is eager to explore new placement opportunities through which students may best fulfill their vocational and educational needs and through which creative and engaging supervisors and placement sites may offer their gifts in the formation of ministerial excellence for the Church and the world. We will: